I’ve been doing a lot of research into reliable and repairable appliances. I tend to “go down the rabbit hole” and get lost in a sea of appliance research. I’ve found a wealth of information to help troubleshoot dishwasher problems. The problem is, that if you read enough of these consumer complaints sites, you will never want to buy another appliance again. When you read so much negative information, you have to remember that there is almost ten times as many positive reviews for most appliances than negative. As Consumer Reports notes in its testing, all the dishwashers they tested cleaned dishes, it was merely a matter of features (including noise level).

That said, there is a disturbing trend towards a lack of longevity and repairability of major appliances. As competition heats up between the manufacturing giants, they make design decisions that make it cheaper to manufacture appliances but more difficult to repair them. Or, at least sometimes that’s the case, and sometimes it’s just a pure design or manufacturing flaw.

In addition to the websites listed on our Resources page, here are the manufacturers’ websites to help you solve your problems. For best results, have your model and serial number ready.

Manufacturer’s Dishwasher Troubleshooting sites:

    1. Bosch: https://www.bosch-home.com/us/service/get-support/service-assistant
    2. Electrolux: https://www.electroluxappliances.ca/Owner-Support/Product-Support/
    3. Frigidaire: https://www.frigidaire.ca/Owner-Center/Product-Support-Manuals/
    4. GE: https://www.geappliances.com/ge/service-and-support/dishwashers.htm
    5. KitchenAid: https://www.kitchenaid.ca/en_ca/service-and-support.html
    6. Maytag: https://www.maytag.com/owners.html
    7. LG Canada: https://www.lg.com/ca_en/support/dishwashers 
    8. LG US: https://www.lg.com/us/support/dishwashers
    9. Miele: https://www.mieleusa.com/domestic/trouble-shooting-guide-391.htm
    10. Samsung: https://www.samsung.com/us/support/home-appliances/dishwashers
    11. Whirlpool: https://producthelp.whirlpool.com/Dishwashers/Dishwasher_Product_Assistance

Independent Repair Troubleshooting sites:

  1. Washer Error Codes: http://washererrorcodes.com/
  2. DIY Troubleshooting: http://www.diytroubleshooting.com/
  3. Sears: https://www.searspartsdirect.com/article/easy-diy-dishwasher-repairs.html
  4. Appliance Repair: https://www.appliancerepair.net/dishwasher-repair.html
  5. Parts Select: https://www.partselect.ca/PartSearchWizard.aspx?Appliance=Dishwasher


For tips on how to buy a new dishwasher, check out this article.